Sir Cyril Burt and Quantum Consciousness W.

Stephenson, _Michael Polanyi, Science and Belief_, Ethics in Science & Medicine 7:97-110(1980). Note the statement that "It happens that *factor theory* in psychology is the same as *quantum theory* in physics, both rooted in the same mathematics, and for comparable purposes in the two disciplines alike..." Also, "Sir Cyril Burt's *The Factors of the Mind...* is the major work of England's great psychologist who, shortly after its publication in 1940 became increasingly deluded. In this work Burt observed that quantum theory in physics and factor theory in psychology were basically the same in mathematical-statistical respects, both using matrix algebra, Fourier's theorem and the very complicated Group Theory, etc. The "characteristic values" in quantum mechanics (*Eigenwerten*) correspond to the "latent roots" and "latent vectors" in factor theory..." Could Sir Cyril's speculations in this area have led to such an intense *idealistic* and *magical* "fusion of subject and object" that he could no longer consistently distinguish mentally-fabricated "data" from data generated by experiment? He writes in his _The Factors of the Mind An Introduction to Factoranalysis in Psychology_, University of London Press, 1940, p.100, n.3, "Elsewhere I have offered a formal proof of the virtual identity of the physicist's analysis and the psychologist's, *Psychometrika*, III, 1938, pp.151-68." In this paper, _The Unit Hierarchy and its Properties_, he observes (p.151) that "The analysis is analogous to a spectral set of operations in quantum-theory: and the analogy itself suggests many further problems and solutions." He explains the "spectral set" on page 160 and carries the analogy further by suggesting that the canonical form of the matrix (containing the Eigenwerte) implicitly provides a constant and fundamental standard as a kind of Platonic eidos. This is illustrated with reference to `the phenomena of constancy' in all processes of perception": "As I walk round my study table, I am aware, not of the the varying twodimensional versions of it that reach my retina in changing perspective, but of a standardized four-square table in three-dimensional space..." Do we in some sort of *derivative* sense actually "produce" the world we want as a concrete wish fulfilment? Whatever the case, could Sir Cyril Burt have inadvertently slipped into just this kind of preoccupation as a risk of being a modern leader in *quantum psychological* exploration? May 9 1996 mmm No temporal world apart from us Not solipsism, But Dooyeweerd states that the temporal world is not there apart from us.

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